Ukraine may never join NATO. This was the first time Zelensky said it out loud

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky doubts whether Ukraine will ever become a member of the North Atlantic Alliance.

Zelensky shared his doubts during a meeting with students during his visit to Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine. – We don’t know exactly what it will be like (…). No one can say for sure whether we will join NATO or not, the president said in response to a question about Ukraine’s prospects for membership in the Alliance.

– Nevertheless, Ukraine will strive for NATO standards and do everything to ensure that national security is at the highest level – Zelensky assured.

On Wednesday, NATO and Ukraine signed a cooperation program for 2024, covering issues such as training of the armed forces, operational compatibility, energy security, innovation, cyber defense, etc.

The Alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that in a conversation with authorities in Kiev he raised the topic of reforms that Ukraine needs to implement to move closer to NATO membership.

Ukraine without an invitation to NATO

Ukraine did not receive an invitation to join NATO during the July summit in Vilnius. To increase the importance of political relations with Kiev, it was decided to transform the current NATO-Ukraine Commission into the NATO-Ukraine Council, of which it and all allies will become equal members.

In early April, the Financial Times, citing four diplomatic sources, wrote that the United States, Germany and Hungary are opposed to the intentions of other NATO countries to propose a “road map” of NATO membership to Ukraine at the Vilnius summit. set.

The Russian invasion has been going on for over a year and a half

After the invasion of Ukraine, the Russian authorities maintain the story that they are fighting NATO and the entire West there. The war, started by Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been going on for a year and a half and has become the largest armed conflict in Europe since 1945 and the fall of Nazi Germany.

For now, there are no signals from the Kremlin or Kiev that the conflict will end soon. At the same time, there are increasing media reports of behind-the-scenes Western pressure on Ukraine to start negotiations with Moscow, as the war on the battlefield could prove indecisive.

Source: Do Rzeczy